Cigarettes Banned in City Parks?

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Coming soon to a park near you?
First they came for your barbecue grills, and you didn't speak out because you just microwave your meals.

Now they may be coming for your cigs.

Discussion at City Council today included talk of banning smoking in city parks because of the fire danger brought on by the drought.

Mayor Annise Parker said she would consider a ban. Anyone flipping a butt on the ground right now is breaking the anti-littering ordinance, of course, but it can be difficult to catch someone in the act.

Seeing someone puffing away is easier.

Councilmember Anne Clutterbuck said a ban would be strictly drought-related.

"It's not a comment on smoking or the morality of it," she said. "But it's more a comment on the use of any flame in our city parks during a state of emergency."

We guess you could retire to your car for a quick smoke, but what about the softball guys lighting up in the outfield?

Now, if the drought goes on for a long time, as predicted, will it make it more unlikely that the ban will be lifted even after the rain returns? Tough to say.

But smoke `em while you can. Just be damn careful where you put them out.

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smoke shop Long Beach
smoke shop Long Beach

There are many public areas wherein smoking is banned. Given that this legislation will be approved, public parks will be added to the list. Hopefully the city council will take into consideration all implications that will arise if this city order will be passed. The best interests of all parties, smokers, non-smokers, as well as the city, should be considered before implementing the said rule.

mollusk
mollusk

It's just common sense.  We've all seen fires started by people who don't have that common sense on their own tossing a cigarette that "looked out" (or just tossing a lit one).

Hope and spare change
Hope and spare change

Perhaps they should take it one step further and just close all the parks since we are obviously too dumb to occupy them without starting fires.

Anon
Anon

Excellent.  The last thing we need is careless smokers burning up more of our parks while feeding their addiction.  I'd support this ban even if fires weren't such a big current issue.

Wes Hightower
Wes Hightower

How many fires have been started in Houston Parks lately because of someone smoking? That would be 0. Kneejerk overreaction.

Hope and spare change
Hope and spare change

Looks like they've got too much time on their hands at city hall. Ridiculous.

H_e_x
H_e_x

Judging by the fire that broke out in a park yesterday, I'd say anything to get rid of flames in park is a pretty good use of time.

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